“Life Goes On” is the philosophy that Pat Powers lives by in the aftermath of the death of his son Paton, whose heart was donated to save the life of another.
In attendance at the ceremony was the recipient of Paton’s heart, Billie Jean Grace of Hopkinsville. Paton’s family had given permission to use his organs to save the life of others after he died at Vanderbilt hospital a few days after the accident.
Grace’s story began when she had a heart defect as an infant that progressively deteriorated during her adulthood and after the births of her children. She went through several surgeries and pace makers and defibrillators until the doctors told her that she should be put on the National Registry to wait for a new heart.
The wait was short as she was matched to Paton for a heart transplant immediately. When asked how she was feeling after receiving the new heart, she said, “A few months ago I wasn’t even able to walk to the mailbox, and now I’m feeling great”.
A Yoshino cherry tree was planted at the park to remember Paton with a message at the base of the tree reminding people the importance of being organ donors.
Will take place May 24-25 at Ruby Tuesday on Ft. Campbell Blvd. The restaurant will give back 20% of every diner’s bill to the Fort Campbell Fisher House. Flyer must be presented. For more information, call 270-798-8330.
Personal Protection in the Home Course
Will take place Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at C.I.R.T.R.A. Training ANNEX, 137 Dean Drive. Learn home defense planning, the defensive mindset, legal responsibilities regarding the defense of your home, using a handgun in home defense and more during this detailed course sponsored by Clarksville Indoor Range & Threat Reduction Academy. Space is limited to the first 6 registered Students. Call 877-424-8333 for more information.